Simply Beautiful….Papertrey May Blog Hop Challenge

Hello everyone, I’m back again for the second time.  I’m here joining Papertrey Inks BIG monthly Blog Hop!!!

I’m so excited.  I’ve never been on a blog hop before!

I must say it was exciting to create a card in a matter of minutes for the world to see.  Ok, so it took me more than a minute, I started making this card an hour and a half ago.  But the results are amazing, to me at least.

The challenge was to use two colors: Aqua and Melon!!!

Aqua and Melon

That should be easy, right, wrong!!

I had a Aqua Mist ink pad but I didn’t have any melon color.  No ink, paper, embellishments, nothing.

How was I going to participate if I didn’t have melon.  I started to fret.  I knew the colors for a little while but I procrastinated on buying the melon ink that I needed.

So what is a girl to do????

Ding, Ding, Ding…..the bells went off in my head.  Water-coloring is my favorite so why not create the color yourself!!!  OMG, I can create the melon color that I need.  That is what I did!!

Light melon

So this is what I came up with first.  It looks so close but it was too light so I decided to go at it again.

darker melon

Much better!!  I love how it turned out.  I feel like a true artist now, LOL!!  I used my Winsor & Newton Water Colours!  The colors that I mixed were Burnt Sienna, White and Alizarin Crimson, respectfully.

I took my time and mixed one color at a time, cleaning my brush in between.  When it was to red I added Burnt Sienna and when it was to white I added a little red until I got the color you see above.

I was jumping up and down because I can participate in the hop!

So enough with the long talking, here is the card I came up with!

Have a Beautiful day

What do you think?  Does my butterfly past the Aqua and Melon test?  I love WATER-COLORING!!!!

 

close up of butterfly

For the butterfly, I attached the out butterfly to the body using foam adhesive so that the wings would stand out.

For the card base, I just sponged the edges with the Aqua Mist and then I used my mini ink blender tool and bought the softer color towards the center.

I stamped the sentiment and Wala!! My card is complete.

Supplies used:

Winsor & Newton Water ColourCanson Watercolor PaperLife is Beautiful Stamp SetLife is Beautiful DieAqua MistBlending toolclassiccrestsolarwhtie3M Mounting TapeSnail Adhesive

Please let me know what you think.

~Kymona

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Who Doesn’t Want A Hug?

I’m back again today with another card for Less is More Week 173.  Today’s card is very simple and clean!  I’ve combined my love of water-coloring and die-cutting to create my card.

For those of you who don’t know a couple of weeks ago I start a watercolor class and absolutely loved it.  Before, the class started we were instructed to practice using our “stuff” and I created a couple of single pieces.  I had hoped to use my pieces during the class but never did because I create other cards.  So, when Less is More decided that their recipe this week would be Die Cut, I knew I had to use this piece on my card. No need to throw anything away, especially a big Hug as pretty as this.

Hugs

I know I wanted to keep my card very simple because the watercolor image is so powerful by itself.

Hugs top view

I die cut out 4 hugs and attached them to my watercolor piece to create some dimension on the front of my card.

Side note: I’ve been working on improving my photograph.  The background of these pictures are a little dark but I like the effect.  It gives the card a warm feeling which is what I love in the words of Olaf, “I Love Warm Hugs“!!

So, what do you think? Do you like “Warm Hugs” too?

Let me know.

Supplies used:

classiccrestsolarwhtiePelikan WatercolorbighugsOnyx Versafine Ink

I also used Stampin’ Up! Bring on the Cake stamp set that retired.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Kymona

Seeing Stars…….

Hello, I’m back today with a card for you, yayyyy!!!  I know you missed seeing a card in my last post, but I am more than the cards that I make, so there will be times when you will learn more about me!  I hope that is ok with all of you.

 

Today’s card was made for CAS(E) this Sketch #77.

CTS_Sketch77

It took me two days to decide what I wanted my card to look like.  I tried hearts, circles, and triangles but none of them were eye-catching to me.  So I decided to go with stars.  I love how it turned out.

Life Doesn't have to perfect

I used Stampin’ Up! Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Bermuda Bay Ink and Stampin’ Up! Simply Stars (which by the way is retiring on May 31st) to create my card.

I think the stars really stood out to me because I’m in such a good mood today.  Today is the first Saturday in a very long time that I get to really play with all of my craft supplies and not feel guilty about it.  Yayyyyy! I’m going to try to make a couple of cards that I’ve been dying to make.  I’m also going to sit with my nieces and do some water-coloring!  They love playing with me.  I can’t wait, can you feel my excitement.

Ok, ok, I digress, back to my card, lol.

I rounded the corners of all three pieces of cards and adhered them together.  I also added rhinestone to the stars for a little bling. I’m pleased with what I came up with and I hope it’s a great fit for the challenge.

Supplies used:

Whisper WhiteMelon Mambomelon mambo inkDaffodil delight inkBermuda Bay InkPerfect PennantsBasic Rhinestones Jewel AccentsStampin' TrimmerSnail AdhesiveWe R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper

 

Please let me know what you think.

~Kymona

Shhhh, I Have Something To Tell You…..

Hello everyone!  Today I have something to share with all of you.  No cards or projects today.  I know, I know how can that be but I have some exciting news for all of you.

Are you ready?

A fellow blogger, Elle from Hey Jayel introduced me to a blog that specializes in-goal setting.  Each week, starting Monday you set Weekly Wishes and you try your best to get those wishes accomplished.  I think that is such a great idea.  It holds you accountable for everything that’s on that list.

So I’m going to post my Weekly Wishes every Monday and I hope all of you take this goal setting journey with me.  I’m going to stick to no more than 5 wishes a week, sometimes it might be less.  My wishes will be things I really want to get done.  This will be a serious mission for me. So here we go…..

 

Weekly-Wishes-Button

Here is my list of Weekly Wishes:

1. TO CREATE A GRATITUDE JOURNAL

I’ve always wanted to create a gratitude journal after watching Oprah show on gratitude.  I have so much to be grateful for that I need to write them down. I also want to be an example to my children that we must always be thankful no matter what.

rambles

2. TO TAKE A PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE

Taking pictures of my project that I post on my blog is an everyday task but I’m not please with how they turn out.  I have the camera, the lens and the tripod that everyone is using but I can’t get it together.  I really need someone to teach me how to use my camera, what the settings mean and do and white balance.  *You might see this wish until I have a course that is affordable.*

Canon 40D

 

3.  SET UP A EMAIL NEWSLETTER ON MY BLOG

I recently took a class on how to Build a Successful Creative Blog with April Bowles and it was awesome!! In this class she taught us how to write, create, and market a successful blog so that it stands out in the crowd.  One of the things, she taught me was to have an opt-in email newsletter form.  I want to set that up on my blog.

NewsletterIcon-1

 

4.  SET A DATE THAT MY DAUGHTER WILL POST ON HER BLOG

My seven-year old has a blog and I’ve been neglecting it.  She is a crafter too and has a lot to post but I haven’t found the time to really dedicate to it.  I want to change that and stick to it.

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5.  LAST BUT NOT LEAST….GET SOME SLEEP!!

I do not get enough sleep.  Right now it is 11:30 PM EST.  I probably won’t get to bed until about 2 AM because I have to write my next post.  I have to get up at 6, so how much sleep is that.  4 hours….that isn’t enough at all.  So I really need to set a time to get into my bed so I can be fully functioning in the morning.

zzz

So here you go, this is my list!! I’m so excited to see how many of these things I can get done.  I will keep you posted on my new venture.

Let me know what you think or if you any solutions to any of my goals.

~Kymona

What’s Your Favorite Flower?

Spring is in the air and all of the flowers are budding.  It’s amazing to see the many different flowers that grow this time of the year.

On my way to work yesterday, I decided to take some pictures of the flowers I see along my walk.  I used my iPhone to take these photos and I must say they aren’t so bad.  I was pretty amazed. Take a look at what I found.

LilliesPink FlowerWhite Flower

Look how pretty these flowers look.  It makes me want to plant new flowers in front of my house.  Let me think, um mm, *shaking my head*, I don’t think so.  No green thumb here.  What I do have are crafty fingers!!!

So, I created a card using flowers for the Less is More Challenge.  The theme this week is Flowers!! How fun!!  Perfect timing, my Papertrey Ink order just came in and my new Oopsie Daisy stamp set, which contains a lot of different flowers, was included.

Sending Many Thanks

By the way, my favorite flower is the Daffodil!!! Hence the Daffodil Delight card stock!

1. I used the larger flower and stamped it with Colorbox Frost White ink and stamped my vellum card front six times.

2. I allowed the ink to dry because if it doesn’t it would smudge all over the place.

3. Once the ink dried, I added Stampin’ Up large rhinestone to the center of the flower.

4. I attached the vellum to my Daffodil Delight card stock with tiny dot of glue behind the rhinestones.

4. I added Daffodil Delight ribbon and stamped the sentiment in Versamark Onyx.  I punched the sentiment out using my Stampin’ Up! one inch circle punch.

This card was easy and fun to create!

Supplies used:

Oopsie Daisy Stamp SetDaffodil Delight CSFrost WhiteLarge Rhinestone Basic JewelPetite Pairs Stamp SetOnyx Versafine

I also used Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight ribbon that is retired.

Please let me know what you think.

~Kymona

 

Watercolor Background: How Playful!!

I can’t believe my Watercolor for Card Makers class is coming to an end.  This Friday is the last day to submit all of our homework.  I have so much left to do.

It was truly an amazing class!  I learned a lot about water-coloring.  I was granted the opportunity to try different types of watercolors mediums (watercolor pencils and crayons, transparent water colors, opaque watercolors, kids watercolor, shimmer watercolors).

I’m hoping to make at least one water-coloring card a week.  This will allow me to spend more time with my daughter who also loves water-coloring.

Today’s watercolor technique was taught by Tim Holtz himself.  Truly fun and amazing.  He taught us how to make amazing backgrounds using “watercolor stamping or monoprint” using a stencil.

I had so much fun creating my card, that I made two cards..  I’m also submitting this card into the Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday #165: Artsy Watercolor Backgrounds Challenge.  Betsy showed us how to create watercolor backgrounds using our current stamps.  I’m excited!!

Happy Watercolor

So, what do you think of this card?  It looks so delicious to me.  The colors are so vibrant.  My flower was punched from a watercolor background that I created.  I thought that bought more balance to the card.

Hello Friend

For my second card, I wet the outer edge of the flower to create the watercolor effect surrendering each individual flower.  That gives each flower a beautiful soft and subtle effect.

I love how both of my cards turned out.  I am going to try to create a couple more cards with this fun effect!!

Please let me know what you think.

Supplies used:

Canson Watercolor PaperWet PaintOopsie Daisy DieOopsie Daisy Stamp SetHarlequin StencilDistress Inks Kit 1Hawaiian ShoresPTI Summer Sunrise InkTim Holtz Watercolor CardstockStampin' TrimmerSnail AdhesiveOnyx VersafineBig Shot Die-Cut MachineStampin' DimensionalsBasic Rhinestones Jewel AccentsLarge Rhinestone Basic JewelsDaffodil Delight CSBasic Black CSWe R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper

 

~Kymona

Are You A Watercolorists?

Watercolor painting is an art form that creates artistic representations, usually on watercolor paper, using pigments that are water-soluble.

OK, I love the wording “artistic representation” because I can’t draw for the life of me and I also have trouble actually painting objects much less making my sentiment look like I painted it.  I’m so glad that my cards are beautiful regardless if I can’t draw or paint.  Thank you “artistic representation”!!

With that said, I created two cards today for my online Watercolor for Card Makers Class Homework.  The assignment was to watercolor paint over a stamped image.  This was fun!  My daughter, niece and I sat down to create our cards.  It’s amazing how all of us came up with different versions of the same image.

I made two cards because I felt like my first flower was dulled out and wanted to see if I could use a different flower.  Also, my sentiment was giving me so trouble.  Here are my “artistic representation” of flowers in a vase!

Made with Love

On my first card, the blue water started to seep out of my jar on the side.  I went to close to the black line with my wet paint brush.  I over did it a little with the shadow at the bottom of the jar.  You have to learn from your mistakes.

Made with Love2

This second card, the water stayed in the jar and my shadow looks so much better.  The sentiment is where I think I over did it.  That’s the beauty of water-coloring.

So what do you think?  Did I do a good job at depicting a watercolor painting?  Would you call me a Watercolorists?

Well in my book, I’m the best Watercolorists on this side of the computer screen, lol!!!!

The real test is how do I compare to my daughter and niece!!  Below you will find the cards they painted.

Little Lady Sanaa Flower Little Lady Zoe Flower

My Daughter                                                       My Niece

What fun!!!

Well that’s it for today.  I hope you enjoyed our cards today and will not hesitate to try water-coloring and become a Watercolorists!!

 

Supplies used:

Canson Watercolor PaperKio WaterColorsLove JarMemento Tuxedo BlackStampin' TrimmerSnail Adhesive

~Kymona